I am 20 years old, and statistically, I have lived through an entire quarter of my life. Nearly all of these years have been spent in school. I have gone through ten years of the French public school system, followed by three years of the public school system in North Carolina, two years of private school, and I am now finishing my first year at a public University in North Carolina.
In the United States, and throughout most of the world, childhood and often early adulthood years are dictated by the education system in place. Something that holds such an extended and profound impact on the development of every individual should be held to equally substantial standards.
I am disappointed and concerned about the education system in the United States. Public schools are vastly underfunded even though they are, in my opinion, the most critical part of our society. This issue is particularly prevalent in North Carolina, as teachers in our public schools are some of the most poorly paid in the country. How can we ask for citizens who are informed and able and willing to contribute to society if we do not allocate proper funds towards their education? How can we expect positive growth in our country if we do not nurture the young? A student cannot learn effectively when fed six chicken nuggets, a scoop of mashed potatoes and some ketchup for lunch. A teacher cannot inspire positivity, creativity, and a sense of purpose and responsibility when staying up late working a side job to make ends meet.
I want to explore the ways in which public schools, especially in North Carolina, are lacking the funds they need provide a quality education. At the heart of any social change is education, and its importance cannot be overstated.